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Tricia and Patrick Tomberlin

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

Tricia, 36, and Patrick, 35, met while singing karaoke. During their first date, they missed seeing the movie “Walk the Line” because they were so engrossed in conversation. The couple married Oct. 18, 2008, and live in Charlotte. Tricia tells their story.

Singing machine: I was at Bar Charlotte with some younger friends one Saturday night and at 29, it didn’t take long to realize I was too old for that place. I left them to go to Yesteryears, a place I’d been going for ages and had hosted karaoke at a few years while in college. It was there I met Patrick, who told a friend of mine he was impressed with me, and he didn’t mean my singing.

Endangered species: I had never known a man who did what he said he would until Patrick. He was honest, genuine, funny and true: the kind of man we all think are extinct. Within two weeks Patrick said he loved me, which freaked me out at first. But after a month of wonderful dates that usually ended at Yesteryears, I fell in love with him, too.

When you know: I knew Patrick was “The One” when my car broke down. I’d been having some rough times and this was just another horrible thing to happen. But he calmly got his toolbox, popped the hood and was whistling. He had it fixed in five minutes and in that moment I knew no matter what, he would be there, whistling, telling me it was going to be OK.

Into the future: We each had a child from previous relationships and have since added three more. We can be found most date nights at Steamers, because we both still love to sing. We’re best friends who tackle any obstacle together. Hilary Trenda


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